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Fixed-price lunch at Blackbird great deal

Fixed-price lunch at Blackbird great deal

Who eats: This West Loop dining room pulls in business types, a surprising number of students and the occasional mild-mannered reporter.

Why eat: Blackbird is one of the finest restaurants in the country (multiple James Beard nominations) as well as one of Chicago's best, and lunchtime prices, especially the three-course, $22 option, are extremely reasonable.

Ambience: Though the dining room can seem a little cramped when full, that's rarely a problem in the daytime. The look is one of white-on-white minimalism, with splashes of color from fresh flowers. White tablecloths and suit-clad waiters add to the elegant feel.